So much for the major parties not taking money from big name lobbyists.
The national political parties took more cash from lobbyists in the first half of 2011 than in any other six-month period on record, even during the wide-open election of 2008, and the Democratic Party’s committees have easily outpaced their GOP counterparts despite President Obama’s vilification of special-interest giving.
An analysis by The Washington Times found that the fundraising arms of the Democrats took in 30 percent more in lobbyist donations than Republicans in the first six months of this year, a lead but a significant drop since the heady days of 2008 and 2009 when Democrats dominated with ratios of 2-to-1 and 3-to-1, respectively. The figure is at odds with the grass-roots image that Democratic leaders have cultivated.
Congressional disclosures through June show the Republicans’ fundraising groups – the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee – received $1 million from lobbyists compared with $1.3 million taken in by the Democrats’ committees this year.
In 2008, candidate Barack Obama barred his party’s main fundraising unit, the Democratic National Committee (DNC), from accepting donations from lobbyists and political action committees (PACs) immediately after he became the party’s presidential nominee.
- Gallup: Majority of Americans blame Super Committee failure equally on Republicans and Democrats. (thewesternexperience.com)
- Lobbyist cash for debt panel PACs (politico.com)